Advanced Surface Heat Exchanger Via High Strength Graphite Foam

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-03-M-5030
Award Id:
62378
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-3770
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
WitoldKowbel
Vice President
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
JamesWithers
CEO
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Currently employed surface heat exchanger utilizes Titanium metal. The low thermal conductivity of titanium combines with its high density results in significantly design penalties. Applications of graphite foam to the heat exchangers offers potentialsignificant performance and weight benefits. However, the key strength, thermal conductivity and integration issues need to be resolved. Hamilton Standard will work with MER to design the surface heat exchanger with the graphite foam. A nanotubesreinforced graphite foam will be explored as means to achieve improved thermal and mechanical properties. Thermal fin efficiency will be evaluated and compared with the state-of-the-art design. This technology will be inserted into surface heatexchangers for both defense and civilian applications.

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